The School of Business and Writer's Place Partnership at The College of New Jersey
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Like many institutions, The College of New Jersey, a public college with an undergraduate student population of about 6000, is grappling with the role and quality of undergraduate writing. Moreover, we are doing so in the context of a recent curricular revision through which all courses were transformed from 3credits to 4-credits and departments in the liberal arts and professional schools have begun to develop writing intensive courses. One goal driving this curricular revision was to have students dive more deeply into the subjects they study by writing more and better. Through this curricular change, we wrestled with questions such as “how will changes in the curriculum affect what kind and how much writing students do?” and “what effect will curricular transformation have on the balance between content and writing?” A key concern for many faculty centered on not being sure how to teach writing and to respond to student papers. As our community focused attention on these matters, we discovered unexpected and fruitful opportunities for collaboration across program and disciplinary lines. One such collaboration between The School of Business and The Write Place began last year in response to faculty concerns about the quality of student papers.